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Edible Garden

Apricots

How To Grow (and Preserve) Apricots

January 9th is National Apricot Day--and it's never too early to start giving some though to this Spring crop. We're looking to celebrate by making this the year we try to grow our own (and...

Herbs in Winter: Taking Them In and Drying Them Out

We're clearing out our herb boxes as well as our gardens--but we also know that we have plenty of herbs that'll survive this winter. In fact, a lot of herbs really enjoy being placed...

Great Fresh Tomato Recipes You’ll Love!

I love tomatoes and how they smell fresh off the vine. We would always keep tomatoes around to add to any dish that needed a bit of spicing up. After the harvest, there would...

How to Grow Vegetables in Cold Climates

Gardening in cold weather Well, I come from the south and my grandma and great-grand parents always gardened in the winter time. That was the busiest season for them. They ran a farm, so getting...
bambo

Three Ways to Control the Spread of Bamboo

Bamboo has a way of making any garden look beautiful. However, at the same time, bamboo has a way of completely spreading out and taking over whatever area it's situated in. Don't worry, though....
applying herbicides

Five Steps to Applying Herbicide Safely

Any gardener can tell you just how annoying and frustrating it is to control weeds. That's why so many of us turn to herbicides because they are an effective way to get rid of...
late blight tomato

Late Blight in Tomatoes & Potatoes–Watching Out for the Worst

Are you ready for some cool, wet weather? Well, we know that the spores that cause late blight are sure ready. They're probably already eying your potato and tomato crops. And once they take...

Why is Peat Moss Important In Vegetable Gardens?

Treading lightly with peat moss Peat moss has to be the most controversial wild growing moss in the world. Its reputation is known by many, but some just don’t understand the many facets of the...
august planting

Vegetables To Plant in August

We are now in the dog days of summer. It's hot and humid in most areas, and not typically the time of the year many gardeners consider an ideal planting month. But August is...
preserving tomatoes

Five Steps to Preserving Tomatoes

If you grow tomatoes every summer, you know that by the end of it you tend to end up with an overabundance of fruit. Of course, you can just toss these extra tomatoes out,...

Blueberry Harvesting–and a Blueberry Pie Recipe!

We've had some blueberries blooming as early as June, but now it's August and time for some hardcore harvesting. You might be busy with the same--assuming that you're not in one of those unsuitable...

Planting and Harvesting Bush Fruits: Raspberries, Blueberries, and More!

“Bush fruits” is a term that includes a number of perennial flowering plants that produce a soft fruit, such as berries.  These are plants that grow in the wild, as well as are cultivated...
transplant flowers and plants

How to Successfully Transplant Your Flowers and Plants

Many gardeners, both the experienced and the beginner, have watched their flowers, plants, shrubs and trees die soon after transplanting. This is due to "transplant shock," and it is a common occurrence when the...
edible flowers

Edible Flowers

Flowers are not just pretty to look at. People have been using flowers for culinary purposes for thousands of years, and not just as garnishes. Many flowers are actually edible, and can add interesting...
lower cholesterol

Four Foods That Lower Cholesterol

When it comes to your body, the last thing you want is for your cholesterol to be too high. This could lead to a whole slew of health problems like an increased risk of...
cherry tree

Five Steps to Identifying Cherry Trees

Here at Gracious Gardening, one of our favorite types of trees is the cherry tree. That is because it has such a beautiful blossom that can't help but take our breath away. In fact,...
healthy plants in nursery

How to Choose the Healthiest Plants From a Store

When shopping for new plants or flowers for your garden, it's important to look for the healthiest ones possible to ensure successful transplants. Whether it be annuals, perennials or vegetables, the appearance of the...
urban gardens

Successful Urban Gardening

Just because you live in an apartment or in a townhouse with very limited yard space doesn't mean you can't grow a successful garden. Urban gardens are becoming quite popular with city dwellers, and...
herbs that lower blood pressure

Five Herbs That Lower Blood Pressure

Who doesn't love to throw herbs into their foods and drinks? With one quick pinch, herbs can completely transform and flavor whatever you're diving into. However, did you know that herbs are actually healthy...

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